Green & Bio-based Chemistry Startup Network

Creating an innovation ecosystem for green and bio-based chemistry technologies

The GC3 Startup Network is working to accelerate the development and market pull of green chemistry technologies. The GC3 has created a forum for green & bio-based chemistry startups to connect to larger GC3 member chemical suppliers, brands, retailers, and investors for partnerships and investments; and larger GC3 members are tapping into the startup network to identify new technologies and up-and-coming companies.Startups in our network

Join the Startup Network

As a member of the Startup Network, your company will be profiled on our member webpage and invited to participate in meetings, networking events, webinars, and social media campaigns. You will also become a member of the GC3 and receive full member benefits. Contact us to learn more.

Upcoming Events:

Green & Bio-Based Chemistry Technology Showcase & Networking Event

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI
April 24, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. EST 

Members of the GC3 & Startup Network are invited to join us for this half-day event (one day before the 12th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable). Ten innovative technology companies will pitch, large GC3 member companies will give reverse pitches (i.e., present problems that they want startups to solve), and companies will connect at a networking reception and optional dinner.

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12th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable

Hosted by Steelcase in Grand Rapids, MI
April 25 – 27, 2017

Join us for the GC3's annual gathering where leading experts in business, government, and not-for-profits gather to learn, network, and form new collaborations.

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Recent Events:

Workshop on Leveraging Partnerships to Accelerate
Green & Bio-based Chemistry Innovation


Green & Bio-based Chemistry
Startup Event

February 1, 2017 in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Levi Strauss & Co

  May 23, 2016 in Burlington, VT
Hosted by Seventh Generation

Levearging partnerships program coverTwenty six startups, 20 large companies and investors, over 80 people total participated in a one-day workshop and networking event in San Francisco focused on partnering and investing.

View the program and participants.


Startup Event Program CoverTen green & bio-based chemistry startup companies presented and networked with over 40 chemical companies, brands, retailers, and investors.

View the program and participants.

Recent Webinars:

Innovation Spotlight: Greener Flame Retardants

Webinar: Thursday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Amit Paul, Managing Director, Paxymer AB
Jan-Pleun Lens, Vice President, Research and Applications, FRX Polymers

Paxymer and FRX Polymers have developed innovative flame retardants with unique performance and green chemistry benefits. Read more.

This is the first in a GC3 Startup Network webinar series which will highlight Startup Network member companies.

View Slides (pdf)  •  Watch Recording

Details on the GC3 Startup Network

A key strategy for advancing green chemistry in industry, as identified in the GC3’s Agenda to Mainstream Green Chemistry, is supporting the development and adoption of  chemicals, materials, manufacturing  processes and products that adhere to one or more of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. Startups are an important driver of innovation, however many lack the connections to the strategic partners that they need for product evaluation, co-development, licensing, and investment.  The GC3 is uniquely positioned to connect startups with companies and other resources throughout the value chain and in many industry sectors.

Strategic Approach:

  • Leverage the diversity of the GC3 membership to connect innovative green chemistry startups with established chemical suppliers, brands, retailers, and investors who can serve as strategic partners to accelerate their development and growth
  • Increase the visibility of startup companies and create opportunities for suppliers, brands, retailers and investors to discover new ingredients and materials for their products and find new partnership and investment opportunities
  • Identify financial and other strategic resources for green and bio-based start-ups
  • Advance the discussion on how best to accelerate green chemistry innovation and the growth of innovative startups

Get involved:

For more information on how your company can participate in or otherwise support this network, contact Monica Becker.